The New Zealand striker has not suffered a dislocated shoulder.
Leeds United's Chris Wood
There has been some good news for Leeds United fans today, and bad news for their striker Chris Wood, regarding what looked like a potentially serious injury for the Kiwi striker.
The New Zealand international had suffered what looked like a dislocated shoulder in the recent win against Vanuatu in the OFC Nations Cup – in which he had scored two goals.
His national team manager Anthony Hudson has now spoken about the injury, as quoted by the official Leeds United website.
He believes that Wood is in doubt for the rest of the tournament, which is being held in Papua New Guinea, but it seems that he has not dislocated the joint – as was first feared:
“He has no chance of playing in the next game and it’s touch-and-go as to whether he will play any further part.
“We are just going to monitor it on a day-by-day basis and it depends how quickly he can recover. We hope to have him available for the semi-final if we are to make it but we will just have to wait and see.”
New Zealand's Chris Wood shoots at goal
Wood will be devastated. He was captaining New Zealand and had already scored three goals in two games before being helped off the field just 15 minutes into the second game.
But Leeds will be pleased that the injury is not as serious as a dislocation, which could have seen him out action for some time.
Wood struggled with injuries throughout last season and this will have come as a bitter blow, as New Zealand look to conquer Oceania this summer.